money

on matched betting

As I alluded to in an earlier post on side hustles, we began matched betting in June at the beginning of the World Cup as a way to boost our savings. A (lucrative) time suck The headline takeaway is that it’s been lucrative – we’re up to about £2,500 in earnings (from middle of June to middle of October) but that it’s also a massive time suck & I actually don’t think many people who…

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monthly spending report

spending report – october 2018

October is done with more money in the savings account – the forward march of savings progress is always a happy event! I finally got my pay rise at work, which was dismal but it was backdated to April so a welcome little extra in this month’s payslip. We did OK in October – spent more than we’d like to in some categories but less in others which equals itself out with no overall budget…

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travel

on what we packed to go travelling

In 2017, we took some time out from saving and went travelling for 4 months. It was a wonderful experience – too wonderful to put into words sometimes. It definitely had an impact on us in more ways than one and it’s something we hope to repeat again – before we reach financial independence. We could wait and travel all we like when we no longer need conventional jobs, however, life is for living and…

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lifestyle

on that lifestyle inflation trap

We hustled hard to pay for our wedding and honeymoon ourselves, with nothing borrowed from banks or family members. All in our 20’s to boot (go us!). After the big day and our glorious honeymoon, we landed back down to earth with a happy bump. Time to celebrate – we could spend money again! We did actually incur £1,000 of unexpected overspend after our wedding and honeymoon, of which £800 was because our car broke…

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spending report – september 2018

Another month complete, another spending report up on the blog. September was glorious and work flew by – mostly because we were on holiday for 2 weeks and had just 2 weeks at work. I like how fast payday seemed to roll around as I wasn’t counting down 4 working weeks this month! All quiet once we got back from holiday, we had a weekend away at the end of the month too, which was…

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health

on SIBO: pitfalls and progress….?

In my post about the cost of having a digestive disorder, I shared that I had finally got an answer to what was causing me problems – SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). That was in November 2017 and I’ve spent the whole of 2018 thus far, trying to get on an even kilter and improve things for my little gut bugs. I’d say overall, it’s not been smooth sailing but I definitely have made progress…

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money

on side hustles

A long standing debate amongst the financial independence community seems to centre on the topic of whether it takes high income or frugality to get you to FI quicker. Having been immersed in the pursuit of financial freedom for over 2 years now, I’ve come to the conclusion that frugality definitely helps the process but a high income will inevitably make the dream more of a reality – for us at least. hustle your way…

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money travel

on avoiding card fees on holiday

The flights are booked, the hotel room reserved and the case is packed – it’s holiday time! And in this wonderfully modern age we live in, gone are the days where you need to travel with travellers’ cheques or a whole stash of foreign currency. plastic fantastic Today, you can get away by jetting off with just some plastic in your purse. However, these aren’t your ordinary bank cards – 9 times out of 10…

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monthly spending report

spending report – august 2018

Another month complete, another spending report up on the blog. August has been notably quieter than June and July, which I am extremely grateful for. We’ve had some quieter weekends which have been welcome and have pretty much spent most of the month excited for our holiday at the beginning of September. We haven’t had a proper extended break yet this year and it’s definitely telling on our mental and physical states! credit cards: how…

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